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I once had a bike from a collector of "investment" dinky toys, a T110 as it happens, to check over, he couldn't ride a bike but it was another "investment".........

the engine was held in by undersize studding, so slack that it moved as you tried to kickstart it; brakes where lined with some kind of cardboard-ish muck glued on with fish glue.

 I gave him the bike back FOC, I refused to have anything to do with it.

The young and oversensitive have never experienced that sort of thing, to understand the cynicism of us who have.


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The Classic Biker Bar / Re: Very quiet on here....
« on: February 22, 2017, 09:45:32 AM »
Is it snowing again? Is that a snowflake?

 now THIS is sarcasm.

https://youtu.be/oYOZ3IzRaf4

The primary tool that anyone who rides an obselete antiquated inefficient machine needs is, above all, a sense of humour and an ability to see the funny side of our hobby, and to laugh at oneself.

without that you are missing 50% of the fun.

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European and Other Bikes / Re: Russian Minsk M1A
« on: February 21, 2017, 02:28:13 PM »
Russian 2 strokes had such an appalling reputation here in the past I can't imagine why any one would want one.

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Whats the most bodged old bike you ever came across that still ran?

Mine's an Ariel Huntmaster,back in 1977 I was asked to overhaul the engine in one, which attached to its sidecar was used to transport an old chap's wife and himself to visit their son in a care home.
Bike started and chuffed away quite happily, I could start it by just gently depressing the kickstart ;easy peasy, cushty little job.

famous last words
took the head off, inlet tract almost clogged with coke,exhaust nearly as bad, valves recessed back to last year, guides so slack you could get two valve stems down.Carb so slack you could hear the slide rattle.
Bores of course knackered, so down to the crankshaft, a bit of wear in the bigends, TS bush well fekked, so off to the regrinders, noticing, that the TS side was abit off centre.
Should have been a warning...

 camshaft so worn that the followers ran between little ears the lobes had worn down so far, and the magneto was running in oil yet had a big fat blue spark.

Meanwhile back from the grinder came the crankshaft, "we had a bit of a job to centre it" said the man.

Oh dear, so, it goes into the cases, but one side won't go fully home, each side fits the bearings fine, yet together the cases won't meet, driving me nuts by now well over estimate of time and money.

Scuriny of the now chemically cleaned crankshaft shows faint vice marks on the webs, with sinking heart I measure the distances, the damn thing had been gripped so hard in a vice it was bent.

"Was the last bloke to work on this a mechanic?"  I asked
"no its my neighbour, he's a dustman."

every word is true, I found another crankshaft and what the so called engineering shop did to that is another story, just as bad, if anyone out there has an A10 crank with the sludge trap welded, I can tell them why.

Its tribute I think to that old BSA/Ariel engine that it could keep going that worn out.


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The Classic Biker Bar / Re: Very quiet on here....
« on: February 20, 2017, 03:40:26 PM »
I am now so upset I shall tie my Garlic-Sniffeur round my neck and drown myself in the fruits de mer, wherever that is. :'(

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The Classic Biker Bar / Re: Very quiet on here....
« on: February 20, 2017, 02:21:37 PM »
Funny you should ask that, I just bought a 1930 Garlic-Sniffeur which is missing its baguette.

where can I get a manual in english for it?
Is there a spare parts supplier near Wiltshire?
Is there an owners club because all I can find is one in Toulouse and no one answers my facebook question.

What oil should I put in it? someone has suggested olive oil, are they being sarcastic?

Lastly, why won't it start?

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Autojumble / Re: 8 inch headlight wanted
« on: February 17, 2017, 08:36:05 AM »
In Strasbourg,or rather just outside there is a huge bourse around september time I think, I last went ther ein 2001 so I presume its still there;can't remember the name of the actual town, and of course there is Mannheim, and the MotoLegende event which use to be at Montlehry South of Paris but which has moved.

Sorry can't be more specific, have not crossed the channel since 2007.

I will rummage in the dark corners of my memory and see what I can remember.



here
31 March to 2 April 2017: Veterama, Hockenheim, Germany.


27 and 28 May 2017: Coupes Moto Legende, Dijon, France.

6 to 8 October 2017: Veterama, Mannheim, Germany.
- Huge autojumble.

17 to 19 November 2017: Salon Moto Legende, Paris, France.
- French show. The dates are provisional. No exact dates available at time of writing.



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The Classic Biker Bar / Re: How much was a years road tax in 1981 ?
« on: February 16, 2017, 04:40:43 PM »
Have a look at Poplar Gregs site,     http://www.poplargreg.com/

everything you will ever want to know about vehicle tax, he will do you the correct disc to order, or anything you want.

Top bloke,dealt with him lots.

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Autojumble / Re: 8 inch headlight wanted
« on: February 15, 2017, 08:04:52 PM »
ah,well, that explains a lot.
In the UK it is possible to reference the letters of the registration [or matriculation?] to a particular town and specific dates of issue.
Sometimes the BSA records can even tell you which dealer the bike was supplied to. I think you should contact the BSA owners club with photos of the bike and of the numbers. They hold copies of the records.

Besides which there is the added complication of impressed bikes.
In 1939/40 there was a shortage of bikes for the military, so the government grabbed 1000s of bikes from everywhere, dealers, factory stock, private owners; the result was, until standardised, a vast variety of sometimes unsuitable bikes. Thes ecould have been disposed of anywhere and vast numbers where abandoned after Dunkirk.
If you can find pictures of the vehicle dumps  in Belgium and France in 1940 you will see some interesting stuff, this was dispersed all over europe by the German army who put a lot of it back into service.
Your bike could possibly have an interesting history.
Anyone of the above could have resulted in your bike having any old number stamped onto it.

Plus, if it was in use in prewar France you could fit a Bosch, Marechal or any make of headlamp and it would not be wrong; Bosch headlamps could be bought here in the 1930s as well.

I reckon you need to book a trip to the big bourse in Strasbourg this year.

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Autojumble / Re: 8 inch headlight wanted
« on: February 15, 2017, 06:12:31 PM »
post the letters of the registration I'll tell you what year it was registered,then you can compare numbers to factory records.

If I were you I'd be wary of numbers, and the BS you might be told from "experts", Factory records are availiable.

I have several sets of number and letter stamps, availiable for hire for those that want that "factory special" :o :o ::)


another thing is that I have seen BSA sent out with the fittings for hand change on the tank and foot change.
I had an ex-police 500cc J12 like it.

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Autojumble / Re: 8 inch headlight wanted
« on: February 15, 2017, 05:30:45 PM »
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My bike left the factory as a foot gear change model

how can you be sure of that?

1930s were a bad time as regards the economy, bikes were offered with a choice of foot or handchange as a lot of buyers still preferred handchange. You'd be surprised how many bikes hung around unsold for a couple of years. It was the same in the 1970s; dealer I worked at had a stock of Triumph/BSA bikes 3 year sold, and were still legally new when sold.

No-one under 60 can have any concept of how skint folk were back then, its like these snowflakes whinging on about " austerity", they have no idea at all.

Incidentally, the world is still full of brand new unsold cars, just google 'unsold cars'  it will stagger you, and the manufacturers take them back for scrap, BMW have a special plant just for that.

Capitalist over production gone mad.


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Autojumble / Re: 8 inch headlight wanted
« on: February 15, 2017, 02:58:06 PM »
After 80 years there are very few folk around who can tell you what's right or "correct" about your bike.

Them as think they can mostly get their information from magazines that were published before they were born, and which were wrong anyway.

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Autojumble / Re: 8 inch headlight wanted
« on: February 14, 2017, 05:45:53 PM »
Old bikes are not a cheap hobby any more.
They used to be, 40+ years ago.

Back in 1964-ish I needed one of these lamps, and a tank top instrument panel; I went to old Perce Rye in Fulham,  bike breaker, open on Sunday mornings till the pub shut.
"Upstairs son, in the corner."   So there were, a big pile of them, all 8 inch Lucas, I  can't remember what I paid, but the instrument panel, with all instruments, cost me 10 bob, thats 50p to you.
The 1938 500cc bike I wanted them for came free, off a council tip. Still got it.

See what I mean?


Bung any old headlamp on it, and ride it, everybody wants a prize winning bike, not many know how, or have the right bike to start with.

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Autojumble / Re: 8 inch headlight wanted
« on: February 14, 2017, 10:31:07 AM »
you'll be lucky,

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Autojumble / Re: 8 inch headlight wanted
« on: February 13, 2017, 10:08:45 PM »
Best repro headlamps come from this guy   www.vintage-replica.cz, not cheap but the quality is first class which is more than you can say for most of the crap from India.

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